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Widener University Overview

Widener University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Chester, Pennsylvania. Chester is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Widener University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$41,752 Avg Cost After Aid
85% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Widener is 1%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Widener.
  • In <nil>, 42% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Widener bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $68,879 a year. That's about 69% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average Widener student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

Where Is Widener University?


Contact details for Widener are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One University Place, Chester, PA 19013-5792
Phone: 610-499-4000

How Do I Get Into Widener?

You can apply to Widener online at:

Admission Requirements for Widener

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Widener?

85% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
28% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Widener University is 85%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 81%, and the acceptance rate for women is 88%.

Average Test Scores

About 28% of students accepted to Widener submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 635. Math scores were between 540 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Widener University  ( 540 to 635 )

SAT Math Scores for Widener University  ( 540 to 640 )
Widener received ACT scores from 0% of accepted students.

Can I Afford Widener University?

$41,752 Net Price
77% Take Out Loans
0.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Widener is $41,752. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Widener, approximately 77% of students took out student loans averaging $9,191 a year. That adds up to $36,764 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Widener is 0.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Widener University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,540 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,766 undergraduate students at Widener, with 2,540 being full-time and 226 being part-time.


There are also 3,109 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,540 full-time undergraduates at Widener, 43% are male and 57% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Widener University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 96
Black or African American 345
Hispanic or Latino 154
White 1,783
International Students 33
Other Races/Ethnicities 129

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Widener University. At this time, 15 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 39 countries are represented at Widener. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Widener University

1,310 Took All Classes Online
2,433 Took At Least One Class Online
102.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 2,433 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Widener has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of Widener

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Widener University was 102.2%. This is the #421 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Widener regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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